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China Says 8 Million Acres Of Farmland Now TOO POLLUTED for FOOD

Via: Think Progress

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An official from the Chinese government announced Monday that approximately 3.33 million hectares, or 8 million acres, of China’s farmland is now too polluted to grow crops, according to a Reuters report from Beijing.

China’s Vice Minister of Land and Resources Wang Shiyuan reportedly told a news conference that current farming on the now-too-contaminated land — ROUGHLY the SIZE of BELGIUM — will be halted and rehabilitated in order to ensure food safety. It was unclear late Monday whether food that had already been grown on that land would be sought out or recalled.

“These areas cannot continue farming,” Wang said, noting that the Ministry of Environmental Protection had deemed all of the 8 million acres as having “moderate to severe pollution.”

The Chinese government has said that the country needs at least 120 million hectares of arable land to ensure it is able to meet the vastly populated country’s food needs. Though China started 2013 with a strong 135 million hectares of arable land, contamination — paired with recent efforts to convert farmland to forests, grasslands and wetlands — has caused the amount of stable cultivated land to drop to 120 million hectares, Wang said.

Wang also said the country is committed to spending “tens of billions of yuan” a year for projects aimed at rehabilitating polluted land. (horse-shit!)

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/12/30/3108211/china-says-8-million-acres-farmland-polluted-food/

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December 31, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) Penguin

‘Belgium’s “Mr Penguin” dreams of Antarctic funeral’

Belgian pensioner Alfred David dreams one day he’ll find eternal rest in the icy waters somewhere near Antarctica, dressed in his penguin suit and laid out in a coffin decorated with penguins.

The 79-year-old “Monsieur Pingouin” (Mr Penguin), as he is known to locals in his Brussels neighbourhood, dons his favourite hooded black-and-white penguin costume as he looks back at more than 40 years of obsession.

“My ultimate dream is to be buried in a deep ocean close to where penguins live,” David told Reuters.

David’s life changed in May 1968 when his hip was injured in a car accident. His resulting limp was characterised by his colleagues as a waddle, and they dubbed him Mr Penguin.

As a consequence he embraced an interest in the flightless sea bird and began collecting everything he could find that had a link with the animal.

As his obsession grew, he eventually set up a museum in his home displayed some 3,500 items of penguin memorabilia.

His wife showed him and his collection the door (oh, harsh indeed) when he told her he wanted to officially change his name to Mr Penguin.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/09/29/oukoe-uk-belgium-penguin-idUKTRE78S42A20110929

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October 1, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever | , , , | 2 Comments